Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our by Bill Ivey

By Bill Ivey

In this impassioned and persuasive ebook, invoice Ivey, the previous chairman of the nationwide Endowment for the humanities, assesses the present nation of the humanities in the US and reveals reason for alarm. at the same time he celebrates our ever-emerging tradition and how it enriches our lives right here at domestic whereas spreading the dream of democracy all over the world, he issues to a looming challenge. The increasing footprint of copyright, an unconstrained arts industry, and a central authority unwilling to interact tradition as a major area for public coverage have come jointly to undermine paintings, artistry, and cultural heritage—the expressive lifetime of the United States. In 8 succinct chapters, Ivey blends own memoir, coverage research, and deeply held convictions to discover and outline a coordinated imaginative and prescient for artwork, tradition, and expression in American life.

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This new notion of cultural rights, drafted by committee and advanced, not by a government, but by a multinational organization, represented a significant expansion of the scope and intent of human rights. For one thing, groups as well as individuals were assumed to possess cultural rights. More important, these “rights” advanced through international conventions were framed in a new way—not as constraints on government authority, but instead as demands for greater community and individual authority in an area of human experience: culture.

The advance of cultural rights in a global context has exhibited a distinct character, one that doesn’t speak to the American experience. After all, in France, China, and Germany, and in many former colonies of European powers, culture is “normative”—a standard against which authentic citizenship can be measured. ” France already requires foreigners seeking residency to sign a pledge promising to respect French values, and new conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed the creation of a Ministry of Immigration and National Identity.

As Lawrence Levine, Paul DiMaggio, and others have pointed out, by 1900 the fine arts had become closely aligned with the social aspirations of philanthropically able, big-city financial elites. In his landmark study of cultural entrepreneurship in Boston, DiMaggio observes that as early as 1890 the city was home to four hundred millionaires. ” It was everywhere assumed that classical music and the other fine arts possessed unique social value. However, during most of the nineteenth century high art functioned cheek-by-jowl with rough-and-tumble entertainment.

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